A bit of aviation history - a copy of the tetrahedon that sat in the center of old airports indicating the direction of the wind hence the "duty" runway for incoming, itinerant pilots. Engineered to rotate into the wind when it exceeds 10 kts.
Swallows have been returning on or close to tsx day (15 April) every spring for 20 years chasing away sparrows and other competing tenants before moving in.
The beauty of the design puts the entrance in the lee of the storms, tenants remain warm and dry regardless of the strength or direction of the wind.
Here is birdhouse inspired from my husbands work shop bench.
It is full of all kinds of items the manly man has on his work bench, sand paper, bolts, nuts, even a bottle cap.
I added a copper roof and a copper awning to give it a more manly feel. There are two screw eyes on the top so hanging is a breeze.
This house is fit for most of the wren sized birds and is fully functional.
I love making these kinds of house for the birds it adds eye appeal to my yard and gives the neighbors something to talk about, but most important it gives our fine feathered friends a place to raise their young.
Sprayed with two coats of non-toxic water proof urethane and has two screws in the bottom for that all so necessary clean up.
It was my holiday, not the birds. And I already know this is more of a people house than a bird house ...... or to put it another way 'more of a conversation piece, for people..
I cut down a cider bush (leaving the trunk) and built this gathering of bird houses using brown treated lumber (cutting it down to a smaller width ... so fresh cut wood faces inside the box) using 1 1/2 holes for the bird openings.
I already know birds of this size don't like to be this close together ... and likely my wood type is a bad choice. So hence .. I call it a people house.
Feel free to tell me all the things I did wrong ... if my project end result was to attract birds ... and not just look interesting.
by Mohammed and Alisha Khalil
On new years(01/01/2018) morning my 5 year old granddaughter decided she was going to build a bird house for the Red Robin in the garden, from a card board box. Armed with glue sticks and scissor she set about the task.
However, unknown to me the granddaughter had disappeared to my loft workshop and found some bits of old pine floor boards and was about to use a hammer when I saw her, so I suggested that I assist and help her.
Together, we used four boards sized 200mm by 200mm by 16mm thick, and for the roof we used 300mm by300mm to provide overhang on all four sides.
The roof was covered with an acetate sheet, which in turn was covered with a upper skin of thin slices of treated pine.
The entrance hole of 28mm diameter for small birds protect with a steel garnishing plate. Having finished the build, Alisha set about painting the wee house.
Hoping for the new residents to move in shortly.
She may want to embellish it further before We hang in the garden.